Education

At Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region, educating the community about grief is an important part of our mission. Through grief literacy initiatives, we normalize the experience, encourage empathy and understanding and create more compassionate communities for all.

We are pleased to offer a variety of education sessions about grief that can be delivered in community, in workplaces and, in our current environment, online. Most sessions are 60 minutes in length and are delivered by BFO-MR staff or trained volunteers. We are also happy to create a new presentation or modify an existing one to meet specific needs.


Anything But Merry
When you’re grieving, the holiday season can be a time of overwhelming emotions, new challenges and unrealistic expectations from family and friends. This session acknowledges the difficulties the holiday season can bring and discusses coping strategies to help you through. Offered in November and December.

  • Upcoming Workshops:
    Wednesday November 25, 10am (in partnership with the KPL) – Register here!
    Wednesday December 2, 7pm (in partnership with the Guelph Public Library) – registration coming soon!
    Wednesday December 9, 7pm (in partnership with Woolwich Counselling) – registration coming soon.
    Thursday December 10, 7pm (in partnership with Idea Exchange) – registration coming soon!

Understanding Grief:
This session provides a high-level understanding of what grief can look and feel like in yourself as well as

Grief in the Workplace:
This session will provide an understanding of how to support your coworker, your employee(s) or yourself when a death has occurred, and how grief can affect the workplace.

Grief in the Workplace: Supporting the Professional Caregivers
Building on our Grief in the Workplace session, this presentation also provides coping strategies specifically for professional caregivers who have been impacted by a client’s death in the workplace.

Ambiguous Grief
When you’re experiencing grief from an unclear loss or one that remains unverified or without resolution, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this session, we talk about what ambiguous grief is and its effects.

Death by Substance Use & Community Impact
Deaths by substance use are often traumatic for those affected. There can be prejudice and stigma which can lead to anger, guilt and isolation. This session talks about the impact of this type of death from a personal and community perspective, as well how support can be offered.

Mind, Body, Spirit
This session shares information about how grief affects various aspects of our lives and provide ideas and strategies for how to cope.

Secondary Losses
When someone dies, the primary loss is the physical sense of the person, but this isn’t the only loss we experience. In this session we share how death can cause other losses in our lives and provides strategies for navigating them.

Self-Care & Grief
When someone dies, self-care can take a backseat as we focus on the many other things that accompany a death. This session talks about the importance of self-care while grieving and provides some practical suggestions on how to begin.

Tending to Belongings
This session will provide insight and suggestions on how to honour the space and belongings of someone who has died. We’ll share practical suggestions on how to begin the process and what can be done with the belongings.

These workshops, as part of Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region’s grief literacy initiatives, are made possible in part by: